Nearly five years after floods devastate parts of Findlay and Ottawa, officials from those communities are working to keep mitigation efforts a priority in Washington D.C.
Findlay mayor Lydia Mihalik, Ottawa mayor Dean Meyer, and Findlay Economic Development Director Tony Iriti are taking part in the trip.
The three will leave Tuesday morning and are scheduled to return on Thursday afternoon after speaking to area representatives, senators, and staff members. The topic of conversation will be continued funding for the Army Corps of Engineers flood control plans along the Blanchard River. Iriti says trips like this one keep flood projects in the forefront when appropriations are determined.
Iriti says flights and hotel rooms for the mayors will come out of the Findlay and Ottawa general budgets. Iriti's portion is coming from money leftover from the flood mitigation partnership. Information gathered during phase one of the Army Corps' three phase study is expected to be released this spring.